How Seniors Can Prepare for Summer Outings

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The grass seems greener, the air smells sweeter, and the sky looks brighter in the summertime. With all the sensory delights this season brings, it’s no surprise that some of our most vivid memories happen during this time of year. Seniors can take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by creating even more memories with friends and family, but there are some precautions they should take.

Here are some simple ways older adults can stay safe and healthy during summer outings:


One of the biggest threats to seniors in the summer is the heat. Though there’s no way to control the weather, there are ways to stay protected and cool. Find shady areas that will block the sun or help to create a breeze, and if possible, schedule outdoor activities in the morning or the evening – either before or after the sun is at its highest point. Seniors may benefit from using handheld items like a compact motorized fan or spray ‘misters’ filled with ice water to help them cool down. Long stretches in the heat should be avoided, if not tempered with breaks in cool areas. Visit a nearby store, or a local library for some rest in an air-conditioned area.


Maintaining a nutritious diet is important all-year-around, but is absolutely necessary for seniors preparing for a summer day outdoors. Hydration is essential, so it’s a good idea to bring along a cold bottle of water to outings. In addition to staying hydrated, seniors should take care to eat something light, yet filling that will give them much needed energy for their day ahead. If seniors find themselves overheated, they can try patting themselves down with a wet towel wrapped ice cubes.



There’s a lot to be said for comfort, and when it comes to seniors, it can make a world of difference in their level of safety. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and light, loose-fitting clothing can ensure seniors stay cool and mobile, while the proper footwear will allow them to get the most out of their outing. Even if it’s a short outing, it may be a good idea to bring along a few doses of medication, depending on the medical condition, or in the event of something like an allergy attack or upset stomach. Regardless of how much time seniors plan to spend in the sun, it’s important not to forget the sunscreen!  


These are just a few simple precautions seniors can take to ensure their safety and comfort as they enjoy some fun in the sun with loved ones!